10 best places to live in south east London

South east London covers plenty of ground and even more variety when it comes to choosing a new home. If you want to know the best places to live in south east London, where should you start looking? Start by asking the people who live there!

What makes south east London attractive as a place to live?

In a word: variety. That’s what this part of town has in spades. Quiet riverside living, ultra-modern neighbourhoods, urban regeneration meets understated chic, expansive suburban houses and gardens – it’s all available in this corner of the capital.

Lambeth, Greenwich, Bexley, Bromley, Southwark, Elephant and Castle – you’d be hard-pressed to find a more diverse lineup, even in London. With this variety comes options. Whatever you’re looking for, you’re likely to find it here.

Each area has its own strengths and unique benefits. However, there are some positive factors that broadly apply to all of south east London. Firstly, its transport links are solid: tube, rail, Overground, bus and biking routes all in play. And when it comes to amenities, you’re spoiled for choice. Local cafes, bars, restaurants and markets are varied and often excellent.

All of this adds to the lively and friendly community feel that extends throughout south east London. It has a great reputation for appealing to families, due to the wide availability of good schools. A respectable crime and safety record, and a thriving arts and music scene also aids its case.

Our Top 10 best places to live in south east London

If this part of the capital appeals to you, then the advice of our HomeViews reviewers can help to get your search started. This list of the 10 best places to live is based entirely on local resident ratings.

These top 10 winners have the best combined scores across all the new build developments in the south east of London that are reviewed on HomeViews. This means that they have consistently impressed the people who live there on everything from the design of the homes to the quality of the facilities and level of service offered by the management staff.

See what it takes to get the thumbs up from south east London residents. If any catch your eye, just click to take a closer look.

1. Elephant Central, SE1

Get Living
4.52 (102 reviews) 4.52 (102 reviews)
Area guide to Southwark
Image of Elephant Central, SE1

Our residents’ number 1 pick for south east London is Elephant Central by Get Living. It’s right in the heart of London’s Elephant & Castle, a zone 1 location with great connections to the City, Oxford Circus, King’s Cross and walking distance to London Bridge, Borough and the South Bank. The development itself has a great mix of 1-3 bedroom apartments, duplexes and penthouses, all available fully-furnished, with superfast WiFi included. Residents love the Club Lounge and Kitchen facilities as well as the Sky Courtyard.

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2. The Dumont, SE1

St James
4.54 (7 reviews) 4.54 (7 reviews)
Area guide to South Bank
The Dumont development

The Dumont made it into second place on our list by achieving excellent scores across the different categories. This St James development in Southwark, which overlooks the River Thames, has a design that residents clearly appreciate, with its clean, modern lines and stylish interiors. It also has a perfect score for its facilities, which include lounge, gym, bar-rooftop, pool and terraces.

Read reviews and details of The Dumont, SE1

3. Union Wharf, SE8

Essential Living
4.53 (106 reviews) 4.53 (106 reviews)
Area guide to Deptford
Image of Union Wharf, SE8

Union Wharf is a development featuring 249 rental-only apartments on the banks of Deptford Creek near Greenwich’s town centre. Like the first and second top spots, its residents love its facilities and find the concierge staff to be top-notch helpers in any situation. With great views, solid transport links and competitive prices, Union Wharf is a worthy winner of the bronze.

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4. Deptford Foundry, SE14

Anthology
4.25 (78 reviews) 4.25 (78 reviews)
Area guide to Deptford
Image of Deptford Foundry, SE14

Deptford Foundry scores highest in the design and location categories. Set on the site of an old metal foundry built in the 1800s, the development enjoys plenty of historic touches in its practical, modern design. It’s also right in the middle of south east London’s lively Deptford district, close to both Deptford and New Cross stations, offering easy access to Greenwich.

Read reviews and details of Deptford Foundry, SE14

5. Commodore’s Quarter, SE10

Taylor Wimpey, Countryside
4.42 (5 reviews) 4.42 (5 reviews)
Area guide to Greenwich

Commodore’s Quarter is another Greenwich listing that makes the most of what the area has to offer. Situated within Greenwich Millennium Village development, it comprises 116 1-3-bedroom apartments and 20 3-4-bedroom houses that enjoy a riverside location. Residents say that it’s an excellent place for families to live, thanks to the easy availability of green spaces and local amenities.

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6. Fizzy Lewisham, SE13

Fizzy Living, Greystar
4.38 (312 reviews) 4.38 (312 reviews)
Area guide to Lewisham
Image of Fizzy Lewisham, SE13

One of the Fizzy Living developments, Fizzy Lewisham gets repeated compliments from its residents regarding the friendliness and quality of service delivery provided by its management staff. They also appreciate the bright, spacious and modern design of its well-finished flats. Fizzy Lewisham also enjoys a prime location close to Lewisham Station, which enables easy Central London connections.

Read reviews and details of Fizzy Lewisham, SE13

7. Kidbrooke Village, SE3

Berkeley Homes, Kidbrooke Village, SE3
4.20 (218 reviews) 4.20 (218 reviews)
Area guide to Greenwich
Image of Kidbrooke Village, SE3

Berkeley’s Kidbrooke Village offers a selection of 1-3-bedroom apartments. There’s also a selection of luxury Manhattan Suites to consider. Residents say they love the sculpted communal and private gardens, as well as the long list of other facilities available on site. Located in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, residents also benefit from excellent connections into London via the nearby Kidbrooke Station.

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8. Royal Arsenal Riverside, SE18

Berkeley Homes
4.21 (380 reviews) 4.21 (380 reviews)
Area guide to Greenwich
Image of Royal Arsenal Riverside, SE18

Royal Arsenal Riverside is a collection of one, two and three-bedroom apartments and luxury suites and penthouses. The development enjoys an excellent location, sitting pretty along the River Thames. Furthermore, residents benefit from the convenient transport links. These include National Rail at Woolwich Arsenal, the DLR and on-site Thames Clipper. Similarly, London City Airport is only 7-minutes away on the DLR.

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9. Uncle New Cross, SE14

Uncle – Realstar Living
4.29 (15 reviews) 4.29 (15 reviews)
Area guide to Deptford

Coming in at number 9 is UNCLE New Cross from Uncle – Realstar Living. This is a rental-only development with 1-3-bedroom apartments available, all with sleek, modern design features and appliances throughout. The communal roof terrace is a big hit with residents, and it’s conveniently located for access to Canary Wharf, the City and Greenwich.

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10. Peckham Place, SE15

Notting Hill Genesis
4.33 (15 reviews) 4.33 (15 reviews)
Area guide to Southwark

Last but by no means least, Peckham Place, makes the top 10 list for south east London. Located on Queen’s Road, Peckham, its residents enjoy the communal gardens, private balconies and great transport links. The development is also near to the bustling high street filled with shops, cafés and rooftop bars.

Read reviews and details of Peckham Place, SE15

Discover more top-rated new homes in our South East London area guide. Or you can check out our Top Rated guides section to find the best developments in other areas of the capital.

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